MOUNT POCONO – Mount Pocono Borough Safety Commissioners addressed the press and public in downtown Mount Pocono to present some of their recommendations to improve pedestrian safety in the borough.
Safety Commissioners Lorin Noonan and Don Struckle were introduced by Tracy Fox, Traffic Safety Coordinator for PennDOT’s Highway Safety Network, who has been working closely with the Commission since it was formed earlier this year.
Standing only feet from traffic roaring through the crosswalk in front of the Casino Theatre at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Route 611 in downtown Mount Pocono, they told the assemblage that recent surveys show nearly 16,000 cars go through that intersection every day.
The Commission brought in the pedestrian and traffic safety engineers from Pennsylvania Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) to work with them. the LTAP engineers surveyed the current situation in the downtown area and helped the commissioners develop recommendations for improvements.
Struckle and Noonan reported that the first phase recommendations were relatively easy and inexpensive for the Borough to undertake. In addition to getting the crosswalks repainted, additional and more prominent signs were called for. The commission is recommending two sets of warning signs 125 feet ahead of the crosswalks at either end of the Borough’s downtown section, with additional large arrow signs at the crosswalks themselves.
A second phase of improvements would be more costly and take more time to implement. they include curb extensions, rapid flashing beacons when a crosswalk is in use, and other so-called “traffic calming” devices to encourage drivers to slow down and watch for pedestrians.